- Acted in over 400 films in his career in a span of over four decades.
- Worked in Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Marathi, Hollywood, Punjabi and Tamil films.
- Received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1979, the highest Indian recognition given to practising artists, for his theatre acting.
- Won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award three times, for Meri Jung (1985), Ghatak (1997), and Virasat (1997).
- Described by Steven Spielberg as his favourite movie villain.